Falafel Cakes with Mint and Tomato Dips
SLIMMING WORLD VEGETARIAN
I don’t think I’ve ever used chickpeas that much before Slimming World, the odd experiment here and there maybe but nothing that sticks out in my mind as memorable…or worth trying again. I have to say though, you really can do so much with them (I feel some future tweaks coming on) and these falafel cakes (or falafel burgers) are pretty easy to make.
Make sure you have a blender to hand, something which I use all the time nowadays…as it’s
really a case of just throwing it all in!
2 x 400g tins chickpeas
1 x tsp cumin
4 x slices 400g wholemeal bread (heathy option)
3 x free range eggs
4 x tbsp fresh coriander
1 x red chilli de-seeded
8 x spring onions
4 x tbsp fat free natural yoghurt
½ x tsp garlic granules
½ x tsp cumin
1 x tsp mint sauce (about ⅓ syn)
4 x tbsp fat free fromage frais
3 x tbsp Gia sundried tomato puree (4½ syns)
(or you can use oil free, plain tomato puree for a syn free version)
2 x tsp garlic granules
1. Drain chickpeas and put in bowl.
2. Finely cut spring onions and add to bowl.
3. De-seed and finely cut the red chilli…yup add that to the bowl too.
4. Break bread into rough breadcrumbs, roughly whisk the eggs and add to mixture.
5. Add cumin, roughly tear and add coriander.
6. Whizz in blender until smooth.
7. Spray pan with frylight.
8. Drop large desert spoon of mixture into a hot pan and roughly shape.
9. Cook for about 3 minutes either side.
10. Make mint dip: mix natural yoghurt, garlic granules, cumin and mint sauce. Stir well.
11. Make tomato dip: mix fromage frais, garlic granules and tomato puree.
If you really wanted a totally syn free version of the dips, you could use fresh mint and oil-free tomato puree but remember, it’s a very small amount and even if you stuffed the entire bowl yourself, it’s still well within syn limits.
A nice little side dish if you want a snack and would work well as party food too. The dips are the best part though, especially the tomato one! Well worth it and I’d make them again.
If you don’t like falafel, you won’t like these as they are quite dry..but that’s how they’re meant to be. Don’t try and cook too much at once, keep the cakes smallish or they just tend to fall apart.